Clinical neuropsychology is one of the leading specialties, unique in Cameroon and in sub-Saharan Africa, offered by our center. It consists of the evaluation and care of brain-injured patients with disturbances of intellectual functions: memory, language, attentional functions, executive functions, praxis, neurovisual functions, neurobehavioural functions. it is on the one hand to seek to understand the exact nature of the difficulties encountered by the patient, and then to offer treatment aimed at allowing the patient to regain an optimal quality of life.
Any pathology or lesion affecting the central nervous system (CNS) is likely to lead to alterations in mental functioning. Among the most common conditions are cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), head trauma, neurodegenerative pathologies (especially Alzheimer’s disease), epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, infections of the brain. CNS (encephalitis, meningitis…), certain intoxications, etc.
Neuropsychology can also intervene to better understand the difficulties (cognitive, mainly) whose origin may not be directly linked to an acquired disease of the central nervous system: patients suffering from psychopathological disorders (schizophrenia in particular), learning disabilities and disorders developmental, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), academic difficulties (assessment of memory and attention skills).
Our team :
We have set up a multidisciplinary team of complementary therapists working in close collaboration consisting of:
-A neurologist specializing in neuropsychological rehabilitation
-A psychologist specializing in neuropsychology
-A speech therapist
Our neuropsychology care offer is mainly oriented around 4 axes:
Assessment of cognitive functioning (neuropsychological assessment), of people suffering from neurological disorders, brain injuries (head trauma, metabolic or toxic disorders, tumors, neurodegenerative diseases, etc.) or developmental disorders. This assessment, which may have a diagnostic aim (in the case of degenerative pathologies, in particular), has the main objective of establishing the bases of the rehabilitation program which, if necessary, will be offered to the patient.
Management and rehabilitation of cognitive and behavioral disorders. As noted above, this requires first an accurate assessment and measurement of the difficulties following the brain injury. Management can take different (non-exclusive) forms: exercises aimed at improving the functioning of the cognitive deficit component, adaptation of the patient’s environment, learning to use mental prostheses, information and education work. relatives, simulations of activities of daily life (or work), etc. The ultimate goal of any rehabilitation will be to improve the person’s functioning in their daily activities, to make them more independent and ultimately to improve their sense of well-being and quality of life.
Organization of support sessions for caregivers of people suffering from neurodegenerative pathologies (such as Alzheimer’s disease): by explaining the disease and the cognitive and behavioral changes it causes in the patient, and by offering him the possibility to seek solutions to the difficulties encountered, the neuropsychologist helps the caregiver to adapt optimally to his new role.
Forensic expertise: assess the cognitive integrity of patients who have suffered a head trauma (or other forms of damage to the central nervous system: intoxication, hypoxia, etc.), for example following a road or motor vehicle accident. job. It will be a question not only of evaluating the importance of the cognitive deficits of the person but also the impact of these deficits on his professional activities and daily life. The examination here is part of a more comprehensive appraisal process, the purpose of which is in particular to determine a disability rate.